Trump 'wide open' on whether to support Paris climate accord


The White House has apparently told Pruitt to keep a lower public profile regarding the Paris Agreement until Trump announces his decision.

Axios is reporting that President Trump has "told multiple people, including EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt" that the USA will pull out of the Paris climate change agreement, based on conversations with "three sources with direct knowledge".

According to Axios, three sources confirmed Trump's decision, although the president claimed via Twitter that he will make a "final decision" next week. On the trip, he spent many hours with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, powerful advisers who back the deal.

While at the G7 summit, Trump was heavily lobbied to endorse the Paris Climate Agreement, but he declined to do so. "A lot of people in my country are against this agreement", Trump allegedly said.

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An AFP report from early March which cited the New York Times stated that the Trump Administration team was divided over whether the United States should withdraw or remain in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, in an interview to air on CBS' Face the Nation Sunday, said President Trump is "wide open" and that he's taking in the "pros and cons" of the deal.

On Saturday in Taormina, Italy, Trump was meeting with leaders of America's seven G7 partners - Italy, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, and the United Kingdom - when the leaders decided they wanted to stroll down the streets of the old town to pose for a group photo.

Republican senator Lindsey Graham has questioned Donald Trump's views on climate change being a hoax, and suggested the president should commit to the Paris climate deal. The president hosted Abe at the White House and his Mar-a-Lago resort back in February, where they appeared to hit it off.Trump has criticized efforts to cut emissions, saying they limit U.S. economic competitiveness.